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Jun
18

Fluoride Varnish: Why Adults Need It

Fluoride treatment is a preventative dental care technique that is not just for kids anymore. There are some great new advancements that have been made in the way fluoride is applied to teeth, and adults are taking just as much advantage of it as their kids. And there’s great reason behind it!

Fluoride Varnish Absorbs Better

Unlike traditional fluoride gel, the varnish form of fluoride adheres to the teeth much better. This allows it to soak into the pores of the teeth for hours rather than minutes. You don’t even have to wait to eat or drink after it’s been applied, because it adheres to the tooth so well. Just don’t brush your teeth until the end of the day, so that the varnish has an extended period of time to continue working. 

Cavities Can Be Reversed In Their Earliest Stages

The first stages of cavities are demineralized areas or “incipient” lesions. Applying fluoride directly to these areas can allow tooth structure to recalcify, even though it has already begun to demineralize. Although a slight “scar” can be left inside of the enamel, it still prevents the area from becoming an area that progresses into a full-blown cavity.  

Sensitivity Relief for Up to 3 Months

Fluoride varnish doesn’t just fight tooth decay – it also blocks off sensitive pores! Applying varnish to areas like exposed root surfaces, eroded enamel, or just generally sensitive teeth can provide almost immediate relief. Most patients notice results that last as long as 3 months. It takes just a few minutes to apply, and patients can pop back into the office between their cleaning appointments for another application if they need it.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

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